I'm new here but I'm hoping someone might be able to help.
For a few years now, I've experienced intense pains in the week after my period ends. These bouts of pain (in my pelvic area and shooting down my thighs) normally last for between 30 minutes and an hour. They go away without painkillers, but for that 30 minutes or so, I am in such intense pain that I feel faint and barely able to speak or move.
These pains usually start either when I first wake up; after sitting for a long time; after even very light exercise (i.e. walking); or after sex. For that one week after my period, I usually get this pain once or twice a day.
During the rest of my cycle and even in between the pain spurts, I feel fine. My periods are regular (every 26-28 days), but do last quite a long time (6-7 days). I don't think they're particularly heavy, and I only sometimes have cramps on the first day.
I've been to my GP and a gynecologist and have had an ultrasound, and they say they can't see anything wrong. I was given IBS medication, but it didn't help. I've also been told that the pain might be brought on by something psychological, but I've never been diagnosed with any mental health issues so this doesn't seem likely either.
I should also mention that my husband and I have been trying to conceive for three months without success. I'm 30 years old.
I know that I'm only experiencing one of the symptoms linked with endometriosis (pain between periods), but does this sound familiar to anyone here? The persistent pains and lack of diagnosis is really getting me down.
Does anyone have any thoughts on what this could be if not endo? And does anyone have any tips on how to deal psychologically or physically with this chronic pain? Any thoughts would be much appreciated.